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Tbilisi Mayor’s Office starting holdups2011-07-06 19:48
It looks like breaking up the armless and the defenseless has become a habit among the Georgian authorities. After the special services severely beat the participants of an oppositional meeting on May 26, the turn of street traders has come. Tbilisi Mayor's Office has ganged up on those seeking for an extra job to add to their miserable salary. The Christian-Democrats party came out in their support demanding that the authorities respect the citizens' rights.
It is practically impossible to live on salary in Georgia. That's a fact that the people, being poor in every sense of this word, have already put up with, realizing that there will hardly be any changes with the current government. What are we talking about if the average salary in Georgia is one hundred and fifty laris? All the citizens can do is to seek for various ways of earning extra money so as not to starve openly.
Street trading is one of the ways to get additional income. Of course, that is not big money but at least, it is something. It turned out, however, that Tbilisi Mayor's Office practices holdups in respect of the people selling goods in the streets of the capital. This fact has been revealed by an indignant spokesman of the Christian-Democrats party.
"In the evening of July, 3, representatives of the Mayor's Office attacked street traders located in the territory adjoining Isani metro station without any warning or presentation of identity cards. They broke up the people and took away their goods", - representative of the fraction Zaza Gabunia stated at a recent briefing.
Well, what's going on? While the president and his henchmen report eliminated criminality, local officials are acting as real group muggers. The police, of course, are looking aside. It is notable that someone dares talking about respect of human rights and a civilized way leading directly to Europe. Show me at least one country in the West where city authorities take the liberty of treating their citizens in such a shameless way!
But the officials of sakrebulo also take the liberty of snapping. Chairman of the Human Rights Commission Kakha Guruli has practically justified the authorities' actions, having stated that the Mayor's Office won't allow any chaos or disorder in the street trade. Guruli evidently thinks that order means breaking up common citizens and taking their goods away in someone's favour. Well, if there are no people in the streets at all the streets are quiet and peaceful, indeed.